Italy’s populist government plans to reward parents who have a third child by awarding them a piece of land, in a bid to reverse the country’s plummeting birth rate.
The plan, cooked up by the far-right League and included in the draft budget for next year, would see the state hand over parcels of agricultural land for 20 years to parents who have a third child between 2019 and 2021.
‘That’s why the ministry wants to contribute, favouring rural areas in particular, where people still have children,’ he added.
Italy has the lowest birthrate in Europe.
Last year, about 464,000 births were registered, a record low, leaving Italy with a significantly older population and a demographic time bomb.